Bartley Brothers in the studio as well

Also in the studio this month are The Bartley Bothers – Shayne and Rick.

They have just finished tracking for their debut album with Rural Rhythm Records and will soon begin the mixing process. Shayne Bartley tells us that most of the material was written by his older brother Rick, with contributions from Shayne, Brink Brinkman and Elmer Burchett as well.

“This is a total band album with the exception of one song on which Clay Hess guests on guitar, and fiddle from Brandon Godman on several tracks. The project was recorded at Hayes Production’s Studios in Cincinnati, OH. Rick Hayes has been a great guy to work with. He and Clay Hess have really done a wonderful job for us.”

Rick is on guitar, and Shayne on mandolin with Josh Hymer on banjo and Jayd Raines on bass. All four provide vocals with Rick front and center.

Shayne said that when they started to record, he was playing banjo and they had Taylor Baker on mandolin.

“Taylor decided to leave the band at the beginning of December,  just before we went into the recording studio to begin work on the album. With Josh Hymer joining the band, I’ve gone back on the mandolin.

Josh has worked with acts such as, Ernie Thacker and Route 23, Dave Carroll and New River Line, and Billie Renee and Cumberland Gap.

We are very excited to have Josh on the banjo and singing some harmony vocals.  He is a very strong player in the Jim Mills, J.D. Crowe vein.  You will be able to hear his exciting playing on our new recording.”

An April release on Rural Rhythm is anticipated.

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